Tuesday, 29 September 2009
I have so far built 25 kilometres of road in Karamoja; employed over a thousand people; and been sick several times!
This is a road we finished back in July.
Since then I have been on holiday to Israel and Palestine with these lovely people:It was a fantastic experience. A nightmare to get into and out of the country with my Sudanese visas but well worth the trip.
and then back to Uganda to hack through the bush for road number 2:
Funding is starting to run out for projects where we are. It looks likely that we'll have to pack up and leave in the first half of next year. This is despite failed harvests, Hepititus E outbreaks and potential El Nino rains.
I'll leave you with this photo of the international staff team I work with. This was taken at a weekend away in a safari park near our base. I am so blessed to be here!
Thursday, 23 April 2009
We’re had some great community meetings and next week run out first Disaster Risk Reduction workshop. It’s a chance for the community to understand where they are vulnerable and what capacities they have to withstand the shocks that come their way.
After the workshop we’ll begin rehabilitating a road to hopefully open up some new markets to these villages, provide some much needed work to returning communities and make it easier for the WFP food deliveries to arrive.
All in a day’s work…
Monday, 6 April 2009
Friday, 27 February 2009
The people I’ve met all seem really positive about the project so I hope when we get fully up and running that enthusiasm will convert to real support for our work.
Next week, Monday to be exact, I will meet my first community groups to discuss working for seeds and tools. It will be a real make or break time as all the planning in the world comes nothing if the community don’t get behind it. But I’m optimistic!
Wednesday, 11 February 2009
I thought you might like to know more about where I’m working. The Karamajong are traditionally cattle herders though there is some agriculture too. Cattle raiding has been accepted as a way of life for a very long time and was done peacefully for the most part. When spears were replaced with AK-47s not so much changed as no one bothered to fight someone who also had a gun. And then the disarmament started and some had guns, others didn’t, raids became more violent.
Combine that with a region liable to droughts and flooding, susceptible to animal diseases and slowly breaking down systems of traditional leadership lives Karamoja in need of assistance form the outside world.
My project is part of a wider horn of Africa food price crises response. Essentially people can no longer afford to buy what little food is in the markets. It also encompasses disaster risk reduction as communities decide what they need to minimise the impact of future crises. A lot of my project is cash for work so people have more money in their pockets, there’s also some seeds and tools distributions and construction of infrastructure such as roads linking market towns.
I think I’m going to like living here. I am recruiting a team to work with me at the moment and look forward to getting to know them. And I have three dogs for company, which makes me very happy!
I’ll let you know more as and when I know more myself.
Sunday, 23 November 2008
You will have seen the storm damage when I posted the photos a few months ago. There has been some progress and some happy children’s faces.
I’m counting down to my final couple of weeks so hope that I’ll be able to post many more pictures that tell some good news stories.